It was a display of good knowledge of issues and academic prowess as pupils and students from both public and private schools in Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Ikorodu Division, Southwest, Nigeria, were engaged in debate and quiz competitions.
Over 150 pupils and students from 33 Primary, Junior & Senior Secondary Schools participated in the academic exercise which is part of the annual educational engagement of one of the foremost community development platforms in Ikorodu Division – Ijede Development Foundation (IDF).
The preliminary stage of the annual competitions took place at the Ijede LCDA Secretariat hall, Ijede, on Saturday, September 30, 2023.
The grand event, which is the 8th IDF Scholarship Award, Quiz/Debate Competition & Annual Public Lecture, where the first four schools in each category will compete for the top positions, is slated for Saturday, October 21,2023.
The preliminary competitions were witnessed by Alhaji Fola Salu, Chairman, IDF, Alhaji Taoreed Babatunde Tajudeen, Vice Chairman, Mr Kunle Matti, General Secretary and Alhaja Kafilat Omolade Hassan, among other chieftains of the foundation.
After the very intense academic exercise, Hadex Nursery & Primary School won the Quiz competition for the primary school category with 14 points, while Methodist Primary School, Ijede, came second with 13 points and Anglican Primary School, Ijede third with 12 points.
Hadex Primary School also emerged the winner in the Debate competition for the primary school category with 80 points. The winner was, again, followed by the Methodist Primary School, Ijede with 76 points, while Lofty Brain Primary School came third with 70 points.
In the Junior Secondary School category, Mahmud Ahmmaddiyyah College won the Quiz competition with 18 points, while Bofas College emerged second with 16 points and Luwasa Senior Secondary School, came third with 14 points.
In the Debate competition for the Junior Secondary School, Lofty Brain Junior College, Ijede, scored 64 points to emerge the winner, while Hadex Comprehensive Junior College came second with 58 points, and Mahmud Ahmmaddiyyah College emerged third with 57 points.
Abule Eko Community Senior Secondary won the Debate competition with 78 points, and Lofty Brain Senior College came second with 73 points, while Hadex with 64 points to came third.
For the Senior Secondary School Quiz, Hadex emerged winner with 13 points, while Mahmud Ahmmaddiyyah came second with 12 points, and Abule Eko Community Senior Secondary School emerged third with 11 points.
Speaking after the competitions, the IDF General Secretary, Mr Kunle Matti, commended the participating schools for their efforts.
He also announced that schools that emerged first and second positions in the primary school category in the preliminary will contest in the final for the grand first and second positions, while third and fourth schools in the preliminary will also compete for the third position.
Also for the junior and senior secondary schools category, only the first and second positions will compete at the grand event to determine the winner and the runners up in both the debate and quiz competitions.
Prizes will be presented to the first, second and third place schools at the grand event in October.